Quiet operation, high performance cleaning and state of the art connectivity define LG Dishwashers. Similar to Samsung, LG dishwashers are not a match to luxury manufacturers from Germany. However, at a price point on or around $699 you will get a modern LG dishwasher that will be an essential helper in your kitchen.
LG often bundles their dishwashers with rest of their kitchen appliances and top notch washer and dryers. This strategy saves our customers a ton of money during promotional seasons.
Check our our buying guide for dishwashers, so you know all about modern features.
LG Dishwasher Styles
The design of LG dishwashers is grouped in three styles: Pocket handle with hidden top controls, towel bar handle with hidden controls, and pocket handle with visible controls. Fingerprint proof stainless steel and black stainless steel are the main colors to match with rest of the LG appliances. LG siginificantly reduced other color options in their lineup to make room in production for high velocity products.
The LG LDFN3432T is the entry level budget dishwasher from LG. You can upgrade to the best-selling LDP6810SS. The LDT7808 is also an excellent model with all the standard LG features. For premium features and the best that money can buy, the Signature Series LUDP8997 is a dream for anyone who spends a lot of time in their kitchen.
|Ranking||Overview of Models/Features|
|Entry||LDFN3432T Pocket handle, w/o 3rd Rack, 50 db, in Stainless Steel or LDFN4542S where you get a more silent version at 48 db|
|Value||LDF5678SS Quad wash, 3rd Rack, wifi, Pocket handle or Towel bar LDT5678SS, 46 db, in Stainless Steel and Black Stainless Steel|
|Popular||LDP7808SS Quad wash, 3rd Rack, wifi, Pocket handle or Towel bar LDT7808SS, 42 db, in Stainless Steel and Black Stainless Steel|
|Advanced||LDP6810SS Steam wash, 3rd Rack, wifi, 38 db, in Stainless Steel and Black Stainless Steel|
|Showcase||LG also makes Signature and Studio series dishwashers. These products are designed to match the handle and stainless steel texture of Signature and Studio appliances.|
No matter what your budget is for purchasing a new dishwasher, you’ll be thrilled at the silent performance of all products, from the low-end models through to the best of the best.
Review of LG Dishwasher Features
LG innovation has moved forward in leaps and bounds since the brand first started manufacturing dishwashers decades ago. Today you’ll find many excellent features specific to LG that make your dishwashing experience better than ever before.
QuadWash – If you’ve ever worried that some dishes in your machine just aren’t getting washed properly, LG comes to the rescue with QuadWash. Four multi-motion spray arms, complete with spray jets, rotate back and forth during the wash cycle to ensure that every part of a dish is reached. The jets also use different pressures of spray intensity, so your cycle is faster and your dishes come out sparkly clean.
This is an excellent feature to have, especially when you always have a fully-stacked washer.
Dual Zone – Putting delicate items such as wine glasses into your dishwasher can often be nerve-wracking since there is a high chance that they could get moved around with the force of jets, ending up with pieces of broken glass. With LG’s Dual Zone function, you can allow your dishwasher to use different spray intensities for both the upper (soft) and lower (strong) racks. This means that you can leave all your heavily soiled pots and pans in the bottom rack and know that they will be taken care of, while your delicate glassware is gently cleaned above.
TrueSteam™ Technology– Baked-on food can be stubborn, and unfortunately many dishwashers are not capable of removing it. Thanks to LG’s TrueSteam, the need for a pre-wash is eliminated and dishes come out cleaner than clean, and without any nasty bacteria remaining. This technology works by sending steam throughout the machine, with small purified water drops able to soak in food soils and melt them away. By using this feature, you’ll save time and energy with the guarantee of clean dishes every time. No need for a rinse cycle…
Jargon Buster – LG Dishwasher Technology
Controlling your dishwasher is easier than ever before with LG’s superb technology that allows you to customize cleaning programs or manage your machine through an app on your smartphone.
NFC-Tag on Technology – NFC stands for “Near Field Communication” and it is part of the magic behind tap-and-go services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay. LG dishwashers have NFC-Tag Technology, so you can download new cycles on your smartphone app and then tag them to your machine by holding your phone next to your dishwasher. We expect LG to pack more features into their dishwashers via this technology.
SmartThinQ®– Mid-range and high-end dishwashers include LG’s SmartThinQ® technology, which enables you to control all your Wi-Fi enabled appliances through one app on your phone. SmartThinQ® can send you an alert on your phone when your dishwasher cycle has finished, which is brilliant for busy people who don’t have time to wait around and keep checking that it’s done. You can also combine this technology with voice control features of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, making life easier than ever before.
SmartDiagnosis™ – When something goes wrong with an appliance, it can be difficult to troubleshoot the problem. With this technology, your dishwasher can diagnose its own issue and communicate with LG’s customer service team at any time of day in order to fix it. This is a brilliant feature that saves you time and hassle, all thanks to your smartphone app.
Inverter Direct Drive – We are not sure why appliance manufacturers come up with cryptic names instead of plain English. Inverter Direct Drive motor is a good example of bad marketing that you can find as a sticker on every LG product along with nationwide advertising… Yet the term does not mean anything to most of us. What LG is trying to state is simply this: “Your LG dishwasher motor will last you a good 10 years and we guarantee it”.
Standard LG Dishwasher Features
EasyRackPlus – Struggling with restricting racks and space is no longer a problem thanks to LG’s EasyRackPlus. With three racks that can be arranged to suit the dishes you have for each wash, you can fit more in your load without the fear that parts of your dishes are not going to be cleaned.
- Lower rack: The lower rack features foldable tines which you can adjust depending on whether you have plates or larger pots and pans to wash.
- Upper rack: The one-touch adjustable upper rack allows you to easily raise it with the touch of a finger to make room for dishes in the bottom rack.
- Third rack: The third rack is also height adjustable, so you can fit silverware, flatware, and even espresso cups neatly at the top.
NeveRust™ Stainless Steel– LG’s NeveRust™ Stainless Steel tubs ensure your dishwasher lasts longer.
SenseClean™ Wash System – By recognizing the soil amount on your dishes, this function can adjust the cleaning efficiency and energy usage.
LoDecibel™ – With decibel ratings of between 40 to 48, dishwashers in all price ranges are extremely quiet.
Hybrid Condensing Drying System – This function uses both heated dry and fan drying for super-dry dishes.
Safety Float Switch (Leaks) – If for any reason your dishwasher starts leaking, this safety feature will stop the machine to prevent flooding.
Does LG make special purpose dishwashers?
At this time LG only makes standard 24-inch dishwashers. The company does not participate in the market for 18-inch wide small dishwashers or portable dishwashers. Since LG focuses on 4-piece kitchen appliance packages with stainless steel and black stainless finishes it also does not make any panel ready dishwashers that blend with kitchen cabinets.
The company also discontinued desiger oriented colors such as matte white or matte black. In addition, ADA dishwashers that are ideal for kitchens with raised floors is not part of LG’s catalog.
Which LG Dishwasher is Right for You? Our Top Picks
Rather than you having to scour through all the different LG models available to compare their features, we’ve put together our top picks of the range from budget to high-end to assist you with your purchasing decision.
1) Best Budget: LG LDFN4542S
Silence Rating: 48 dB | 3rd Rack: No | Dry System: Condensation Drying | Cleaning System: QuadWash | Interior: Full Stainless Steel | Wi-Fi: No | Color: Stainless Steel, Black Stainless Steel, White, and Black
While society often leads us to believe that cheaper products are somewhat inferior to more expensive ones, the LG LDFN4542S is definitely a product that you can trust in the budget price range. Sitting at around $699 (depending on seasonal promotions), this standard 24-inch front control dishwasher features the QuadWash and EasyRackPlus functions, as well as Dual Control so you can separate your delicate dishes for piece of mind.
This model may not be the quietest of the bunch, but at only 48 decibels, it’s certainly quieter than budget models from other brands and comes with full stainless steel interior. You’ll find an electronic touch control display on the front as well as a flush handle, and you can choose between stainless steel, white, black, or black stainless steel to match in with your other appliances. If you are on a low budget, the LDF5545 is an ideal model in terms of the features and performance that you get for the price.
2) The Best Color: LG LDT7808BD in Black Stainless
Silence Rating: 42 dB | 3rd Rack: Yes | Dry System: Condensation Drying w TrueSteam Technology | Cleaning System: QuadWash | Interior: Full Stainless Steel | Wi-Fi: Yes | Color: Black Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel
Moving up to the mid-range dishwashers, a better choice if you have a little bit more money to spend is the LDT7808BD. Coming in a choice of stainless steel, or black stainless, this sleekly designed 24-inch model with no visible controls is a delight to have in any kitchen. As you’d expect of a price point around $899 depending on seasonal promotions, the Energy Star LDT7808BD comes with a few more extra features such as TrueSteam, SmartThinQ® Technology and Wi-Fi, and is also super silent due to its 42-decibel rating. If you are looking for a trendy dishwasher for your modern kitchen, this is definitely a great option.
Recently, LG stopped making the matte black color version of this product.
3) Best Overall: LG Studio LSDT9908SS
Silence Rating: 40 dB | 3rd Rack: Yes | Dry System: Condensation Drying | Cleaning System: QuadWash w DualZone Features | Interior: Full Stainless Steel | Wi-Fi: Yes | Color: PrintProof Stainless Steel
An award-winning appliance already speaks for itself, and the LG Studio Series LSDT9908SS is no exception. With only 40 decibels of sound, this model was the winner of the CES award for ultra-quietness and is the best-rated LG dishwasher on our website, with all the bells and whistles that you will ever need. Along with all of LG’s standard features, you’ll find 9 wash cycles, SmartThinQ and Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can use Google Assistant to control the dishwasher with your voice, a truly outstanding feature for busy parents that have a lot on their plate.
Even though this model is priced at around $1,100 you’re getting every bang for your buck and is a product that will exceed your expectations. While you’ll only find this in stainless steel finish, it still looks great in any kitchen along with your other LG appliances and will serve your household’s needs efficiently for a long time to come.
Is an LG Dishwasher Right for Your Kitchen?
LG dishwashers are not part of our best dishwashers list as a replacement dishwasher. However, we are impressed with their modern features and outstanding smart technology. Therefore, these quiet machines are a perfect complement if you are eyeing a complete LG kitchen. One feature that we would love to see in the next incarnation of the LG dishwashers is the self clean cycle. Meanwhile, use our 4 easy tips on how to clean your dishwasher.
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